As I watched the news about the tornadoes that hit Moore, Oklahoma the other day I was once again reminded about how precious life is. We take so much for granted each day and so often forget to take in the beauty around us. The people in Moore kissed their spouses goodbye, dropped off their children at school, headed to work, and then watched as everything around them was devastated in a matter of minutes. In so many of the interviews with the victims they said “things can be replaced” but they were thankful that their families were safe.
After watching so much bad news about destruction I needed to take a break and just go outside to be reminded of the beauty of life around me. I took my camera and walked around the yard taking some shots of the flowers that were currently in bloom. Here are a few of the shots I took.
It was a cloudy morning and the sun kept fading in and out behind the clouds which made shooting a real adventure.
The flowers were still covered in the morning dew which just added to their beauty.
The sun popped out for a few minutes and I got this shot of the Japanese Iris next to my pond. In the shot below I was intrigued with the way the dark pieces of the bloom were emerging out of the surrounding brightness of the petals.
The flower below had a very interesting center as well.
The shot below was of some very small flowers in a pot.
The shot below is the center portion of a Spiderwort.
I was surprised as I looked at the shot below to see the tiny castle emerge from the center of a Rose Campion.
The Coreopsis below was one of the better looking specimens in my flower bed. We had some stormy weather of our own earlier in the week and it beat them up pretty bad.
Just like them we sometimes get damaged by the storms of life but the sun will come out again and we will have another chance to continue growing. We should all be thankful for every moment we have to spend with those we love and put aside the petty things that so often drive us apart. Be thankful for all the beauty God has surrounded you with and enjoy it as often as possible.
Until next time —